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Southport Motorist Centre
Southport MOTorist Centre, Unit 14 &15 kensington industrial estate, Southport, PR9 0NY
325 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £30

Drivers in Southport can be confident when it comes to vehicle repairs, servicing, and restoring the condition of their vehicle when they use Peter and his Team at Southport Motorist Centre. Your local garage in Southport are here for all your vehicles needs at our state of the art premises, we are ...

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JOHNSONS (CHURCHTOWN) LIMITED
Johnsons (Churchtown) Ltd, 135 Fylde Road, Southport, PR9 9XP
384 Reviews
Family run independent garageMOT's Only £39.99

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Diagnostic Check FROM £82.8

We are a family run independent garage in Southport. Formally in Churchtown village we have relocated to new premises on Fylde Road, we have been looking after our customers since 1898, And look forward to welcoming current and new customers to our new garage. We offer full range of services:- MOT's...

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Johnsons Toyota Southport
Town Lane, Southport, PR8 5JH
10 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £120

Welcome to Johnsons Toyota Southport, we have been open as a Toyota centre since May 2007 and are proud to be part of the Toyota family. We have a team of staff that pride themselves in providing the best possible customer experience for all our customers whether you are purchasing a New Car, Used C...

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Karwowski Motors
151 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AN
1 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £50

Your local and dependable garage is here to help. Karwowski Motors are Southport, Merseyside's leading MOT centre, offering a wide range of car repairs to get you back on the road and keep you there. With more than 35 years of providing quality repairs and servicing, your motor is our number-one pr...

What does a car diagnostic check do?

A diagnostic check is carried out on your vehicle by a mechanic, who will plug your vehicle into a specialised code reader. It can detect problems with your vehicle which may be difficult to spot manually.

The main components which are tested in a diagnostic check are the car’s:

  • electronic control units (ECUs) - these control various element of the car and its performance including engine running
  • emissions and exhaust sensors
  • braking system
  • electrical components such as central door locking
  • transmission if electronically controlled
  • ignition coils
  • throttle setting
  • fuel injectors
  • air flow and coolant

 

Why is a car diagnostic check important?

A diagnostic check is very important as it can detect a potential problem with your car, even before a breakdown. The computerised equipment scans your vehicle’s system to check for any faults, no matter how minor or major. A diagnostic test is a quick, easy and accurate way to discover any faults and will give you the chance to get them fixed before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues. When your car has a fault, this may show as a warning light on the dashboard. If the light goes out the system will store the fault code so the garage will find this when they do the diagnostic check.

What are the possible signs that your car needs a diagnostic check?

There are many different signs which will indicate that your vehicle needs a diagnostic check. Essentially, if you suspect that there is an issue with your car but don’t know what, you will probably want to book a diagnostic check to find out what the problem is. Here are some of the key signs:

  • Engine warning light - if the engine warning light appears on your dashboard, it’s important to take your vehicle to a garage as soon as possible as there is a wide variety of problems which the light may be flagging up.
  • Strange noises – any strange noises coming from your car need to be checked out before they turn into more serious problem. Some of these sounds may include; whining from the bonnet, abnormally loud exhaust, uneven engine noise, brake squealing or gear crunching.
  • Smoke - if you see smoke or steam coming from under the bonnet, your vehicle may be overheating.
  • Vibrating - if you notice any vibrating or pulling under your brake, the issue may be due to work brake discs or pads. However, it could also indicate a problem with your suspension or steering.

 

How long do car diagnostics take?

You can expect a diagnostic check on your car to take approximately 90 minutes. You may want to allow for more time though as the mechanic who will be carrying out the check might not be available to start right away.

How much does a car diagnostic check cost?

The price of a car diagnostic test can vary, depending on the garage that you visit. Each garage has a fixed price for diagnostic checks, ranging from £30 - £100.

Enter your vehicle registration number and post code into BookMyGarage (at the top of this page) and you can instantly compare diagnostic check pricing from all of the garages in your local area. As well as price, you can see the garages’ reviews, distance from your post code, extra services offered and availability. You don’t even have to register to get access to all of this information. When you have selected a suitable garage, you can choose a date, any optional extras (such as collection and delivery, loan car etc.) and book online.

How can you save money (and the environment) while you drive?

As every garage owner will tell you, there are some tried and tested ways to cut down on your petrol costs (and consumption) while you’re out and about in Southport or beyond. One is to shut your windows. If you can hear that wind noise in your car it’s costing you more to drive. This is because the car becomes less aerodynamic and has to work harder to motor along. Removing a roof rack will improve your fuel efficiency for the same reason. Another useful tip is to combine short trips into one; each time you drive after your car has been parked for a while the engine will be cold and need to use a lot more fuel for the first 5 miles or so. If you do one trip from school drop-off to supermarket to office you’ll use far less fuel than if you do all those trips individually.

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